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Tackling the growing flood risk in the Pearl River Delta: urban climate change adaptation with Chinese characteristics?
April 20, 2017 - 12:30-14:00
IIAS Lunch Lecture by Marcin Dąbrowski, Assistant Professor at the Department of Urbanism, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology
The cities of the Pearl River Delta (PRD) in China are among the most exposed to flooding caused by climate change in the world. Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong, three major cities in the PRD, face severe and increasingly frequent flooding events, particularly water logging, which stem from a rapid urban development that prioritisises real estate and infrastructural development, while neglecting the centuries-long traditions of urban design and living in harmony with the omnipresent water in the delta. This legacy and ancestral wisdom has been mostly forgotten in the pursuit of urban expansion and growth. Read more
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